Ghanaian government reaffirms commitment in supporting beverage industry

GHANA – The Ghanaian government through the ministry of trade and industry has said that it is committed to supporting small and medium beverage enterprises through incentives to boost their operations. Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, pointed out that the beverage industry is an important sector in the country’s economy and…

Japan receives approval to export dairy products to the EU

ASIA – Japan has received the approval of the European Commission to export dairy products to the European Union following the request of the same. According to the Dairy Reporter, Japan had made a request to the EC for authorization to export raw milk, dairy products, colostrum and colostrum-based products that have undergone non-specific treatment…

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalls 69,093 pounds of chicken strips on possible metal contamination

USA – Tyson Foods has voluntarily recalled approximately 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products on fears that they could possibly be contaminated with pieces of metal. After two consumers reported they found fragments of metal in the products, the company issued a voluntary recall of the products produced on November 30, 2018. They…

Kenya Dairy Board defends new dairy regulations, says stakeholders consulted

KENYA – The Kenya Dairy Board (KDB), the dairy industry regulator body in Kenya, has defended the new dairy industry regulations that are set to be taken to be taken to the National Assembly before becoming law. The new regulations, which the Board says are meant to bring order into the sector, and which have…

FDA proposes new funding across multiple US food safety systems

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed new funding across multiple aspects of US food safety system which is meant to solidify the agency’s capabilities in food safety management. Additional funding aims to support innovations in technology and the new requirements of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Modernization Act…

FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

Tanzania launches US$34.11m project to combat aflatoxin and address food safety

TANZANIA – Tanzania has launched a new project through an investment worth US$34.11 million (TShs80 billion) that seeks to control Aflatoxin, reports Daily News. Speaking during the launch of the project dubbed as ‘Tanzania Initiative for Preventing Aflatoxin Contamination’ (TANIPAC), Agriculture Minister, Mr Japhet Hasunga, noted that the five-year project would also address food safety…

Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire cocoa regulators halt cocoa ISO certification

GHANA – Cocoa regulators in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire, the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) and the Le Counsel du Café Cacao respectively, have objected to the subscription to International Standard Organization (ISO) 34101 certification. According to a report by the GhanaWeb, the cocoa regulators argued that the ISO 34101 Standards on Sustainable and Traceable Cocoa…

African Union launches new pan-African labelling and certification system

AFRICA - The African Organization for Standardization (ARSO), an African Union (AU) unit is set to introduce a new pan-African labelling and certification system to enhance access to international and regional markets for African Producers. The Eco Mark Africa (EMA) will be the continent’s first commonly accepted standard for goods that seeks to promote the…

FDA lifts import ban on genetically engineered salmon, advocates for safe biotechnology

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has lifted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon as part of the efforts in advancing development of safe biotechnology innovations in the country. The 2016 import ban prevented genetically engineered salmon from entering the US until the agency finalizes on guidelines on how it should be…